As we said in our last update, HACSU is working to make sure members are paid their correct wage increases for 2017 (3.3%) and 2018 (3.5%).
As well as wages there are also allowances that may not have been correctly paid, and there are concerns about non-payment of progression levels for community care workers, concerns about payment for training and, finally, concerns that community carers haven't been paid a 15% loading after 7pm.
MCT have agreed to have payroll review HACSU’s claims and if it turns out they've been paying incorrectly, it appears they're willing to back-pay appropriately.
Once this process has been completed it will give HACSU and MCT a clean slate ahead of bargaining for the new agreement, and it also appears MCT have reconsidered their decision to unilaterally withdraw from bargaining - of course, it was unlawful to do that so we're glad cooler heads have prevailed.
We had achieved some sensible good improvements, including uniform best practice redundancy and parental leave provisions – so we expect that these will remain in the draft when we finalise bargaining.
We are on a better track, but we need to be wary. It’s still very important and urgent that members have a say on their working conditions and future wages and we won’t rest until that happens.
Keeping employers to account on members' behalf doesn’t happen by chance – we need active, vocal, committed members to keep raising issues to make sure staff get everything they've negotiated and worked so hard to achieve.